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It’s Championship weekend for IIHF Worlds
The most exciting weekend of the tournament is here, on the ice and for Fantasy players.
Here we are, only four teams left, so it becomes much more difficult to differentiate your choices from competitors. Here are some notes to help you out.
Russia’s Nikita Kucherov has this tournament dialed, and showed it with a two-point effort in a quarter-final win over the Czechs. He’ll be expected to produce offence against Canada, and is a good bet for that considering he has 13 points at IIHF Worlds and is a +6 rating.
Watch out for Sweden’s Nicklas Backstrom who has been playing often with red hot William Nylander, and they are awesome together. There’s also the fact that he’s a great player who has been playing peak-level hockey all spring for the Washington Capitals.
It’s tough to say a guy is ice cold when his team is in a semifinal, but from a Fantasy perspective, owners aren’t getting much out of Canadian Claude Giroux who is without a point in his last four games.
There are the obvious choices, but look for these bargain additions to stretch your budget.
This is going to be a fun and intense game. You could break the bank on Kucherov, or Artemi Panarin, or look at budget-friendly choices such as Vadim Shipachyov or Yevgeni Kuznetsov. For the Canadians, everyone is currently below 19 (purchase) points, watch for Mark Scheifele who is heating up. Nate MacKinnon has been rewarding Fantasy owners all tournament long.
In another classic battle you can pick up Swedish defenceman Victor Hedman or his sniper teammates Elias Lindholm and Gabriel Landeskog, all at good rates. As for Finland, look for value from Valtteri Filppula, but even team points leaders Sebastian Aho and Mikko Rantanen aren’t too expensive.
The Dream Team from the Quarter-finals
Goalie - Andrei Vasilevski (Russia) - 44.00 pts - BEST PLAYER
Defenceman - Viktor Antipin (Russia) - 33.00 pts
Defenceman - Dmitri Orlov (Russia) - 30.00 pts
Forward - William Nylander (Sweden) - 36.00 pts
Forward - Nikita Kucherov (Russia) - 30.00 pts
Forward - Jeff Skinner (Canada) - 27.00 pts